44 FLORA INDICA, lication, except where there are obvious reasons for the con- trary, which we shall explicitly state. Lastly, we find it necessary to say a few words regarding t the employment of the native appellations of plants an specific names. These are in general very uncouth, and disagreeable to those who are unfamiliar with Indian languages ; moreover, they are quite unpronounceable without special education in the mode of spelling. The only advantage which they are supposed to possess, is the identification of useful specie** by their means. This we believe to be an entire delusion, except in a very few exceptional cases, where the native nauics art* »o extensively known that they ought to be learned a» a part of a language, and not sought for in the catalogues of Hcientific botany. In general they axe mere local appellation*, confined to a single dialect of one of the many languages of quite dif- ferent roots spoken over the area the plant inhabits Added to this, they are, in by far the greater number of cww, founded on error ; and it becomes necessary for the »y»tcma- tist to explain, that the name which, by the laws of priority, is irretrievably placed upon the records of the science, has been misapplied, and ought to be borne by another, and fre- quently very different plant, or by none at all. We have therefore retained native names with* great xinwillmgness, and have not hesitated to change them wherever it hoa appoaml practicable without violation of established rulea, In conclusion, we may state that in all these points we have only followed the example set by Wight and Anxoti in their ' Erodromus Horse Peninsulse Orientnlia/ a work which in, w regards Indian Botany, unique; and indeed there are few *y»- tematic works in our own or any other language, that equal it for accuracy, truly philosophical views of the limits of genera, species, and varieties, and scrupulous attention to the details of nomenclature, synonymy, etc* oellent) laid down by the British A»«oci§jti<m for nomenclature in Natural toi£» we Have, in common with errery bbtaniri who ta» tried to do w>, tan, obliged to «ef them aside in many instance*.